Mourinho: Arsenal are 'boring’ - statistically, does he have a point ?

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has defended his side’s tactics and labelled rivals Arsenal ‘boring’ in the process.

Chelsea boss Mourinho doesn’t like losing, especially to the major rivals, and he arguably takes more pride in closing out on those games than he does when his side comfortably beats a team near the bottom of the Premier League.

So far this season, Chelsea have played four of the top clubs away from home, and each game had something in common - a total lack of goalmouth action and therefore very few goals.

An uneventful 0-0 draw at Old Trafford was followed by a disappointing 1-0 loss at Everton. Chelsea did manage to find the net against Tottenham, but that ended in a lowscoring 1-1 draw. Then, three days ago, Chelsea held Arsenal to another 0-0 draw. A total of three goals in four games hardly indicates that Chelsea are involved in entertaining top of the table clashes, but is this down to Mourinho’s defensive mentality, or simply the failure of other sides (with home advantage) to break Chelsea down ?

Following criticism over the Portuguese manager’s tactics, Mourinho has hit back and claims that sides who fail to score at home are ‘boring’

'I think boring is a team that plays at home and cannot score a goal', he said. 'That's boring. Because you go to your stadium and you fill your stadium, in weather like we had on Monday, to see victories.

'There is not a home fan in any club in the world who goes to the stadium and expects his team not to score or win. If any team was boring, they (Arsenal) were boring because Petr Cech made zero saves'.

The views expressed by the Chelsea manager will no doubt annoy Arsenal fans, however it appears that his comments about home goals does carry some weight. Of the 20 Premier Leagues sides, only three have managed to score in every home game this season - Manchester City, Chelsea and, surprisingly, Fulham.

Additionally, Arsenal average 14 shots on target per home game and have managed just 16 goals in 9 Premier League matches. Chelsea have averaged 17 shots per home game, scoring 19 in 8 matches.

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